Hurricane-force winds extended 30 miles from Roslyn’s center, while tropical storm winds extended 80 miles.
MEXICO CITY, Mexico — Hurricane Roslyn was expected to bring a treacherous storm surge across parts of Mexico on Sunday after plowing across the Pacific Ocean as a powerful Category 4 storm just off the coast of Puerto Vallarta.
This was announced by the US National Hurricane Center early Sunday Roslyn had become “extremely dangerous” with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph.
The storm was forecast to “sweep portions of west-central Mexico with damaging winds, a life-threatening storm surge and torrential rains today,” the hurricane center said at 12 p.m. Sunday.
The center placed Roslyn’s core about 45 miles west of Cabo Corrientes — the land point that juts out into the Pacific Ocean south of Puerto Vallarta — and was moving north at 12 miles per hour.
Forecasters said Roslyn is likely to pass near Cabo Corrientes and the Puerto Vallarta region during the night, but warned those areas would still experience strong winds, heavy rains and rough surf.
A hurricane warning was in effect for Las Islas Marias and Playa Perula to Escuinapa. A hurricane watch is in effect for the area north of Escuinapa to Mazatlan, the center said.
The storm was expected to make landfall in Nayarit state on Sunday morning. Hurricane Orlene made landfall a little further north on October 3 in roughly the same region, about 45 miles southeast of the resort town of Mazatlan.
Hurricane-force winds stretched 30 miles from Roslyn’s center, while tropical storm winds stretched 80 miles, the US Hurricane Center said.
A hurricane warning has been posted along a stretch of coast from Playa Perula south of Cabo Corrientes north to El Roblito and for the Islas Marias.
Tourists, seemingly unaware of the approaching storm, ate at beachside restaurants around Puerto Vallarta and at smaller resorts farther north on the Nayarit coast, where the storm is likely headed, on Saturday.
“We’re fine. Everything’s quiet, everything’s normal,” said Jaime Cantón, a receptionist at Hotel Casa Maria in Puerto Vallarta. He said that if the winds picked up, the hotel would collect outdoor furniture “so nothing flies around.”
While the sky began to cloud over, waves remained normal and few people seemed to rush to take precautions. Swimmers were still in the sea at Puerto Vallarta
“The place is packed with tourists,” said Patricia Morales, a receptionist at Hotel Punta Guayabitas in the laid-back beach town of the same name, further up the coast.
When asked what precautions would be taken, Morales said, “They (the authorities) haven’t told us anything.”
The Nayarit state government said the hurricane is expected to make landfall around the fishing village of San Blas, about 90 miles north of Puerto Vallarta.
The head of state civil protection, Pedro Núñez, said: “Right now we are patrolling cities to warn people so they can protect their belongings and themselves in safer areas.”
In the neighboring state of Jalisco, Gov. Enrique Alfaro wrote that 270 people had been evacuated in a town near the expected direction of the hurricane and that five shelters had been set up in Puerto Vallarta.
The National Water Commission said rain from Roslyn could cause mudslides and flooding. and the US Hurricane Center warned of dangerous storm surges along the coast as well as 4 to 6 inches of rain.
https://www.kvue.com/article/news/nation-world/hurricane-roslyn-heads-for-mexico/507-af29fef4-628d-432e-a4e6-a9b99166d165 Hurricane Roslyn is scheduled to make landfall in Mexico on Sunday